I’ve been wanting to try a vegan mac and cheese for a long time now but I’ve always been afraid that it just won’t compare to regular (non-vegan) mac and cheese. I am happy to report that this vegan jalapeno chickpea mac and cheese is AMAZING. Even my very anti-plant-based husband absolutely loved this mac and cheese. In fact, I honestly don’t think I’ll ever try a different mac and cheese recipe for the rest of my life. Why would I? This one is seriously that good.
I will say though, this is not exactly that gooey kind of mac and cheese but I don’t mind that a bit. Another bonus to this recipe? It’s spicy! You can definitely adjust the amount of spice to suit your tastes but that drizzle of sriracha on top really puts this mac and cheese over the top. I wish I was stuffing this into my face right now.
The original recipe is from Cotter Crunch and you can find it here.
The spice comes from the jalapenos, red pepper flakes, and the sriracha. If you prefer a less spicy dish, buy a larger jalapeno (the smaller the pepper, the spicier as a rule) and remove the seeds before chopping. You can also use less red pepper flakes and only add sriracha to taste.
The original recipe calls for Chickpea Pasta, which is made with a mixture of lentils and chickpeas. This means it’s super high in lovely vegan protein. I so wish this was available in Kuwait because I definitely would have used it! Unfortunately, though, I’m doing good to find whole wheat pasta here. While we were in the States this summer my mother-in-law had some chickpea-lentil pasta and it was delicious. I absolutely loved the texture of the noodles – definitely give it a try if you see some in your local store.
The classic vegan cheese substitute, which this recipe uses, is nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that has a nutty, cheesy flavor. It’s an excellent source of Vitamin B-12 which is pretty hard to come by in today’s vegan diets, and it has 6 grams of protein per serving. Bob’s Red Mill is a popular brand and is luckily available in Kuwait, so that’s what I used. And if I can find it in a not-so-vegan-friendly country with somewhat limited options in general then I know you’ll be able to get your hands on some, no problem!
You do not want to miss out on this spicy mac and cheese, do yourself a favor and try this ASAP!